DishDivvy Instrumental in Advocacy Efforts for Passage of AB 626
AB 626, the California Homemade Food Act, which passed unanimously in both the State Assembly and State Senate, was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 18, 2018, and goes into effect on Jan 1, 2019. The legislature will amend the California retail food code to include regulations for the permitting of microenterprise home kitchen operations.
DishDivvy founder and CEO, Ani Torosyan, along with DishDivvy policy consultant Elen Asatryan, have spent the past year rallying support for AB 626, by not only lobbying at the state capitol, but talking to industry and community organizations on the merits of the legislation.
“We have seen overwhelming support for this bill, on both sides of the aisle, and from thousands of organizations and individuals across the state,” said Ani Torosyan, DishDivvy CEO and founder. “Food has been made and sold from home kitchens for hundreds, if not thousands of years. There are studies that report that home kitchens are significantly safer, from a food-borne illness risk standpoint, than larger commercial operations. Whichever the case may be, however, it is in the best interest of public safety that we have a mechanism for licensing and a pathway towards legalization for the sale of homemade food, since the food share economy will just continue to grow in the coming years.”